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NAU earns national praise for green-energy use

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — Federal environmental regulators are praising Northern
Arizona University for its use of renewable energy.

The Arizona Daily Sun reported that the Environmental
Protection Agency announced last week that NAUwas the largest consumer of
renewable energy in the Big Sky athletic conference.

According to the agency, NAU used more than 8 million kilowatt-hours last year in
renewable energy.

That comes out to 13 percent of the school’s yearly electricity usage, up from
10 percent in 2013.

University officials said the school purchased renewable energy credits.

The university paid a premium for the green energy. The payment goes toward
developing and installing renewable projects around the country.

NAU’s Office of Sustainability set a new goal of having renewable energy
supply 15 percent of the energy consumed.